Interview with author marks one year anniversary of her book, Brothers, Sisters, Strangers

  • April 6, 2022
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In this special video, we discuss Fern Schumer Chapman’s book, Brothers, Sisters, Strangers: Sibling Estrangement and the Road to Reconciliation, one year after its publication. Here, Fern shares her own heartbreak and devastation during the decades-long estrangement with her only brother. She talks about why she decided to write the book, and the challenges of finding resources for the under-investigated topic of sibling estrangement. The book was released during COVID, and that created unique marketing challenges. Still, her book has found a large audience, and the readership is expanding in print, ebooks, and audio. Similar to the “Me Too” movement, Fern says, now that she has shared her story, many others have come forward and admitted that they, too, are struggling with embarrassing and humiliating cutoffs from a sibling. She discloses how her brother and mother have reacted to the book and how its publication has changed their relationships. As a result of the book’s publication, psychologytoday.com invited Fern to explore the topic in blog posts. Here is a link to her work at psychologytoday.com: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/co… .The book, Brothers, Sisters, Strangers, weaves Fern’s personal story, the voices and insights of hundreds of people suffering from sibling alienation, and the latest social science. One reviewer called the book “a terrific, compassionate, much-needed book about broken family relationships and the path to healing.”

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